Saturday 17th May 2014, 10.30am – 4pm
Admission free- no booking necessary
On Saturday 17th May NI War Memorial will take part in Drawing Day, a nationwide event which is held in partnership with national, regional and local museums, libraries, cultural and arts centres.
Families are invited to take part in a day of drawing inspired by museum artefacts which tell the story of the Home Front in Northern Ireland 1939-1945.
Visitors can learn about the contemporary art pieces in our collection and how they serve as memorials to those who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
Charcoal, chalk and colouring pencils will be provided, with drawing activities to suit all ages.
On the day, museum staff will be dressed in Second World War uniforms and costumes to inspire and assist those who wish to draw at the event.
We have lots of ideas about what you can sketch in the gallery. A good place to start might be the original artworks in our collection. Visitors can learn about the artists and how the artworks serve as memorials to those who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
You will see; a stained glass memorial window by Stanley Murray Scott, sculptures by Carolyn Mulholland and John Sherlock, two hammered copper friezes by James McKendry, and a portrait of Magennis VC by Robert Carson Taylor.
2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. During the Second World War, 300 000 men from the US forces passed through Northern Ireland. Many of these servicemen were part of the bombardment fleet which left Belfast Lough for the Normandy landings in June 1944. The presence of the US forces and the enduring friendship cemented between the Americans and the people in Northern Ireland is remembered in our gallery. On Drawing Day, some visitors might take inspiration from the original artwork we have in the museum concerning the Americans training in Ulster between 1942 and 1944.
The vital wartime industries in Northern Ireland and the Americans who trained here are remembered in two large friezes of hammered copper by Ulster artist James McKendry.
This event is free and booking is not necessary.
For more information about Drawing Day please contact Jenny.
NI War Memorial
21 Talbot Street
(Beside St Anne’s Cathedral)
Tel: 028 90 320392 (Option 3)